The 2009 VW Jetta TDI Manual is fun to drive, spacious in the front seats, adequate in the back seats for three children or two average sized adults with plenty of room on long trips. It offers excell...
The 2009 VW Jetta TDI Manual is fun to drive, spacious in the front seats, adequate in the back seats for three children or two average sized adults with plenty of room on long trips. It offers excellent fuel economy and while the clutch travel may be a bit long, once engaged, is responsive, agile, and has a grin-inducing ability when passing other vehicles on the highway.
I put 57K miles on my manual transmission TDI and have not one single complaint about it. The interior fit and finish is world class quality, feels MUCH more upscale than the pricetag suggests. VW is spot on on this model-year's styling on the outside too. It has a low, aggressive, European stance with extremely competent suspension and handling. It is FUN to drive.
I recently traded my manual in for an automatic to appease my wife who has wanted to drive it but doesn't do manual, and did not want me to simply buy her one too (I absolutely would have at the drop of a hat). While I am not quite as impressed with the automatic transmission, it is responsive and adequate to the task of grin-inducing acceleration but can struggle for the right gear at lower speeds. But my wife loves it and since I am deployed, she has made it her daily driver; and my wife has never historically cared what she drives. I may have a hard time getting her out of it, which would be fine, I will just go get another one.
I paid $22k for mine brand new with 0 miles, and when I traded it in with 57k miles, received 17k in trade. Pretty solid value and minimal depreciation.
VW got this TDI model year right on.